Other than craving sweet taste. people eat sugar for quick energy. Sh1lajit, a ,.csinous and nutnent· rich biomass. has been touted for millennia by Ayurved a as the best rource of energy.Modern science has recently proven this by identifying fulvic and humic acids, which arc found In abundance in shilaJit. as the main substances responsible for energy production within the cell. Science rs just beginning to understand the implications of fulvic acid 1n shilajit. The resin’s other main constituents are OBPs (dibenzoalphapyrones). energizers just now becoming studied, chat support deep  rejtlvenacion and energy production. ln one study. participants took just 200 mg daily for I5 days. and the available energy in their blood after vigorous exercise was equivalent co the levels of available energy before starting exercise.



Bitter foods and healing herbs have long been used in traditional healing systems to blast sugar carvings.Chinese medicine espercially emphasizes this,and it has been validated in recent scientific publications.But do we eat bitter foods in American! Uh…no.

Add bitter foods,such as arugula,dandelion greens and endive to you diet several times per day to decrease your overall sugar cravings.For immediate relief,eat a teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa nibs or drink a cup of green tea,According to Tieraona Low Dog,M.D., autgor of Life is Your Best Medicine,bitters may counteract your craving for sweets.She recommends liquid tinctures of bitter herbs.Shake a few drops into water or club soda to sip when that sweet yearning strikes.”Bitters” tinctures oftten contain gentain root,dandelion root or barberry root.



Andrew Weil,M.D,advocates pumping up the bitter in your diet to the max.For what he cells our “sweet saturated culture” he likes bitter melon (Momordica charantia),dandelion greens,radicchio and endive.Herbalist Rebecca Snow,who teaches at Maryland University of Holistic Health, says. “Expand your palate.include all five flavors to create balance.Excess salty can lead to sugar cravings and vice versa.Insufficient bitter taste can lead to sugar carvings.”
And speaking of bitter melon,it’s another great candidate for cravings.Dr.Weil points out the bitter melon is one of the  main herbs taken to promote health in the Okinawan diet.As a food,treat it like a zucchini,or use the dried powder as a remedy.Food or herbal’s much more bitter than you might expect!
When you eat sugar,your blood glucose rises rapidly and then drops sharply.Cravings kick in once blood sugar falls low.Preventing sugar spikes staves of cravings.Scientists recently found that cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) bark contains substances that block the digestion of sugar in your intestines,thereby preventing those sugar spikes.It looks like cinnamon does this by suppressing the pancreatic enzyme amylase and intestinal enzymes need to convert carbohydrates into glucose.Both Thai and Ceylon cinnamon did well at suppressing these actions in the gut.



Curcuminoids,found in turmeric(Curcuma longa) also help block carbohydrate absorption,according to several recent studies.The data show that these turmeric constituents have a potent effect of blocking apha-glucosidase,an enzyme in your small intestine that converts starches and table sugar tom monosaccharides like glucose the simplest form of sugar.Blocking this enzyme delays sugar absorption and helps keep blood sugar stable,thereby warding off sugar cravings.One research team concluded that natural turmeric constituents showed a remarkable inhibitory effect.A word to the wise: Turmeric is also bitter.It’s common use it in food every day.


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